INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will look for their 13th straight win over the AFC South on Sunday in Nashville.
In closing out the 2014 regular season, the Colts have a chance to sweep the AFC South for a second straight season.
What should fans be looking for when the Colts hit the road for Week 17 in Tennessee?
1. Momentum For January
-After winning four in a row coming into Week 16, the Colts momentum took a massive hit in Dallas. On the schedule, this game hardly means anything for playoff seeding but coaches and players have taken a vastly different approach this week. Does a multiple-possession victory in Tennessee mean anything for playoff momentum?
2. Erasing The Slow Starts
-One thing that the Colts certainly want to take care of before the playoffs is the recent run of slow starts. Since the bye week, the Colts have produced just one first down on opening possessions. That is something this team certainly doesn't want to linger going into the playoffs.
3. Sound Defensive Effort
-After a month of putting together some solid defensive performances, the Colts struggled against Dallas. The unit did a wonderful job against league-leading rusher DeMarco Murray but couldn't defend the Cowboys' passing attack. The Colts defense is getting healthy at the right time though and their effort in getting after the quarterback is pivotal to win multiple games in January.
4. T.Y. Hilton's Return
-Hilton has returned to practice this week and it looks like he will get back on the field this weekend in Nashville. From a skill position standpoint, Hilton is by far the most valuable player the Colts have in regards to his ability to keep the field from shrinking. Hilton deserved the Pro Bowl nod he got earlier this week and it will be interesting to see if he gets some game action on Sunday.
5. A Healthy Playoff Group
-This should probably be atop the list of the most important things to watch this weekend. Yes, the Colts want to play better to close out the regular season but their health is the obvious focus. Dwayne Allen will miss this weekend, so that will be a key injury to watch heading into the playoffs.
6. Stopping Elite Tight Ends
-Another of the NFL's best tight ends comes at the Colts this weekend in Delanie Walker. Earlier this week, Walker was named a Pro Bowl alternate thanks to his 834 receiving yards on the season. If you look at the current AFC playoff picture, Pro Bowl tight ends are on virtually every team, so Sunday is a nice tune up for January.
7. Defending The AFC South
-One storyline maybe getting overlooked this weekend is the Colts going for their 13th straight AFC South win. With a win on Sunday, the Colts would sweep the AFC South for a second straight season. You know that is high atop the motivation list for the Titans wanting to knock off a team that has dominated the division for a dozen years.